Ontario Construction News staff writer
The City of Toronto has received a zoning by-law amendment application for a 74 storey mixed-use tower at the southwest corner of Yonge and Gerrad Streets, with three levels of underground parking only for bicycles.
Toronto Storeys reports that the project at 372-378 Yonge St. would rise 255 metres, incorporating heritage buildings into its base, including the John M. Lyle building at 378 Yonge. This building would be retained in full and restored, and the facades of the buildings at 374 and 376 Yonge Street would also be maintained, DataBid.com says in describing the project.
Developers for the 406-unit structure include Yonge & Gerrard Partners Inc., Turbo-Mac Ltd., and Trimed Investments Inc.
There will also be about 1,300 sq m. of new and existing retail gross floor area, and 2,337 sq. m. of offices. DIALOG has designed the building.
Above the heritage base, which will house commercial space, additional commercial floors are planned up to level seven. The commercial part would be separated from the residences above by the first of two four-level mid-tower sections where two residential and two mechanical floors would be located.
Urban Toronto says the project will also include a four-level underground garage stretching over 12 metres below grade – but this garage will be exceptional in that it will only be for bicycles (on three levels, with another mechanical floor.) There is no need for car parking because the central Toronto site is well served by public transit.
The tower will have slender massing with organic curves, clad in reflective blue curtain wall glazing and featuring an exposed structural exoskeleton support system sporting gold metallic finishes.
BlogTO says the building’s third floor will have a venue dedicated to Club Bluenote, an after-hours, rhythm and blues club that closed in 1969. Currently, a plaque sits at the front of 372 Yonge
Bluenote was considered a vital part of the city’s music scene when it existed between 1958 and 1969. That was when Zanzibar was still a music venue and not just a strip club. It became the spot for late-night sets and the petri dish for Toronto’s rock’n’roll identity.
DataBid is currently reporting on this project – Yonge & Gerrard Mixed-use – Toronto (0016080520).